Beach Time in Denver

Have you ever thought Denver would be absolutely perfect if only there was an ocean nearby? I certainly have, but while we don't have an ocean, the Denver metro area does offer some fun beach experiences. There's Confluence Park in downtown Denver, where you can watch kayakers while relaxing on the sand. A little further out of town, the Boulder and Aurora reservoirs and Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks offer sandy beaches, picnic areas, and boat rentals.

If you and your kids are really craving the salt and sand but can't make it to the ocean this summer, try a few of these stories that take place on the beach or learn something new with a nonfiction book about the beach or ocean.

Chapter Books:

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Daisy Dawson at the Beach by Steve Voake
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea by Hilary McKay
Calving Coconut in Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

Picture Books:

Beach by Elisha Cooper
The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munsch
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Wave by Suzy Lee
A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
Hello, Ocean! by Pam Muñoz Ryan


Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore by Jim Arnosky
Clam I Am!: All About the Beach by Tish Rabe
Extreme Oceans by Seymour Simon
Oceans: Dolphins, Sharks, Penguins, and More! by Johnna Rizzo
Looking Closely Along the Shore by Frank Serafini

Written by Rachel on June 28, 2014


Lisa on June 28, 2014


You could also visit the Great Sand Dunes - has everything except water!


Thanks for the suggestions! The Great Sand Dunes are pretty extraordinary.

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